Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is one of the most impressive foods available in terms of health and wellness.  I hear a lot of people, like my sister-in-law say "oh I can't use cayenne pepper it gives me heartburn" or "it upsets my ulcer".  But the irony of these statements is the fact that capsaicin, the main component of cayenne pepper has the most impressive healing attributes.

In this article I want to go over some of the truly impressive characteristics of incorporating cayenne pepper into your diet.

Benefits of cayenne pepper

  • Cayenne pepper helps you to lose weight by improving digestion and stimulating the intestines to move food more quickly which aides the body to absorb more nutrients.  Cayenne pepper can actually increase your metabolism by 20%.  So if you need a jump start on revving up your metabolism there isn't a cheaper or better way to do it.
     
  • Because cayenne pepper stimulates the intestines, it helps support elimination.
     
  • The heat from capsaicin, the main attribute of cayenne curbs the appetite, stabilizes glucose levels in the blood and keeps you from getting bloated.
     
  • Helps relive pain from migraines, joints and nerves by reducing the amount of substance P that is produced.  The heat in cayenne distracts the brain from pain in the body.  It's actually the main ingredient in over-the-counter treatments you'll find for arthritis and muscle pain.
     
  • Too much of anything can cause issues, but moderate doses of cayenne pepper in food can generate enough mucus to line the stomach and help it heal from ulcers and irritation.
     
  • Cayenne pepper is rich in Vitamin A and E which are antioxidants.
     
  • Cayenne pepper provides a boost to the immune system
     
  • Treat psoriasis with cream containing cayenne pepper
     
  • Reduce inflammation with the natural anti-inflammatory compounds

 

How cayenne pepper works

Cayenne pepper is hot!  It can make your eyes water, irritate your mouth or even upset your stomach.  But capsaicin, the main compound in cayenne peppers torches fat cells away.

The hotter it is , the more fat-dissolving power it has.  Paprika is a more mild version that you can use if cayenne pepper isn't your thing.

Why?  Because the heat has a potent effect on the nerves in the mouth, it causes the blood vessels to dilate, which promotes better blood flow and increasing the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the body.

 

How much cayenne pepper is enough?

Health benefits of cayenne pepper are found when you take 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper spice.  You can safely tolerate up to 3-4 teaspoons a day, as long as it doesn't irritate your stomach.  A 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper is easy to get into your diet without thinking.

Add cayenne pepper to:

  • Any mix
  • Any marinades or rubs
  • Any glass of water
  • Naan breads
  • Add to dressings, salads or popcorn
  • Add to hot cocoa, chocolate cake or any smoothie

 

Catie Harris